I often get asked, “What makes your pediatric study guide better than prep questions?” By “prep questions,” Regardless of whether pediatricians are referring to the questions released by the American Academy of Pediatrics every year (called PREP(R)), or general board “prep” questions, my answer is the same (read on).
I also get asked, “I have 3 years worth of PREP questions of my own, and my chief resident gave me another 4 years worth. Is that enough? How many questions should I do?”
So here's the “secret” about the AAP PREP questions as they relate to the peds boards… they are NOT written by the American BOARD of Pediatrics (ABP). They are written by the American ACADEMY of Pediatrics (AAP). The names of these organizations are so similar (American ______ Pediatrics), that MANY pediatricians believe that they are one and the same.
THEY ARE NOT! But, the AAP's annual question series has somehow become the “go to” Q&A resources for the peds boards.
Many pediatricians also try to use it EXCLUSIVELY as their only source of study for the boards. I'm baffled by this. While PREP is a GREAT resource for anyone who is a board-certified pediatrician looking for CME, or for any NON-board certified pediatrician trying to simulate an ABP practice session, these questions should NOT be used as Click Here And Continue Reading…